An atomistic study on the structural and thermodynamic properties of Al–Fe bimetallic nanoparticles during melting and solidification: The role of size and composition

Gustavo Cuba-Supanta, J. Guerrero-Sanchez, J. Rojas-Tapia, C. V. Landauro, C. Rojas-Ayala, Noboru Takeuchi

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Abstract

Multimetallic nanoparticles (NPs) are emerging as critical nanomaterials in different fields, due to their unique physicochemical properties. In particular, bimetallic NPs provide a precise platform for controlling thermophysical properties with high sensitivity and broad versatility. In this work, the importance of size and composition in the structural and thermodynamic properties of Al–Fe bimetallic NPs are studied using molecular dynamics simulations. Relevant quantities are used to describe their melting and solidification behavior. Our results indicate a linear character of the melting temperature as a function of the inverse nanoparticle size for Al, Fe, and Al50Fe50 NPs. These values were estimated using the calorific curve and heat capacity. Furthermore, body-centered cubic, hexagonal close-packed, and local icosahedral structures are observed at room temperature in cooled Al50Fe50 NPs for sizes greater than a thousand atoms. Moreover, the cohesive energy, nanoparticle radius, and surface effect of Al50Fe50 NPs roughly reproduce the scaling law. Composition effects reveal that structural identification and atomic mobility of Al and Fe atoms strongly depend on the composition x in (Al100−xFex)N NPs. Also, it is found that the melting temperature can be tuned with the size and composition. On the other hand, the liquid-to-crystalline phase transition is extensively influenced by the Fe composition for cooled Al100−xFex NPs. Additionally, the cohesive energy and the nanoparticle radius show a quadratic dependence with composition. Finally, we have found several Al100−xFex NPs, which are stable at room temperature. The possibility to control the concentration in these NPs opens up potential applications in catalysis, magnetism, for hydrogen storage, or as an additive for aircraft coatings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125936
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Volume282
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
G.C.S. thanks Cienciactiva for financial support through the Doctoral Scholarship Program in Peruvian Universities (contract number 218-2014- FONDECYT ). This work was partially performed in the HPC cluster of Faculty of Physical Sciences, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. We thank DGAPA- UNAM projects IN105722 , and IA100822 , and Conacyt grant A1-S-9070, for partial financial support. Calculations were also partially performed in the DGCTIC-UNAM Supercomputing Center, projects LANCAD-UNAM-DGTIC-051, and LANCAD-UNAM-DGTIC-368.

Funding Information:
G.C.S. thanks Cienciactiva for financial support through the Doctoral Scholarship Program in Peruvian Universities (contract number 218-2014-FONDECYT). This work was partially performed in the HPC cluster of Faculty of Physical Sciences, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. We thank DGAPA-UNAM projects IN105722, and IA100822, and Conacyt grant A1-S-9070, for partial financial support. Calculations were also partially performed in the DGCTIC-UNAM Supercomputing Center, projects LANCAD-UNAM-DGTIC-051, and LANCAD-UNAM-DGTIC-368.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Elsevier B.V.

Keywords

  • Aluminum-iron
  • Bimetallic nanoparticles
  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Structural properties
  • Thermodynamic properties

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